Leadership (Abuja)

4 September 2009

Nigeria: Kudirat Abiola's Murder - Group Accuses Oyinlola

Lagos — The United Action for Democracy (UAD) has accused the Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, of being the 'chief conspirator' in the alleged murder of Kudirat, wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

The group accused the governor of the continuous implementation of the 'do or die' politics of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria.

UAD Covener, Comrade Taiwo Otitolaye, at a press conference yesterday in Lagos State , said: "The role of General Oyinlola Olagunsoye, as a commander in the April 14, 2007 election, refreshes our memory of June 4 , 1996, when Kudirat Abiola was assassinated on the road between his office and that of the Canadian High Commission.

"As the Chief Security Officer of Lagos then, he cannot be absolved as the chief conspirator in Kudirat's murder, moreso, when Kudirat was his guest, and (Oyinlola) knew the direction Kudirat was heading to.

"The likes of Oyinlola are hindrances to building moral society."

Otitolaye said Nigeria is a failed state owing to the various problems bedevilling the development of the country.

Among the problems the convener mentioned were violation of the rights of Nigerians by government agencies, loyalty of the police to personalities and not to the state, rising police extortion of money from commuters at check points, incessant armed robberies, collapsed economy, education and health sectors.

Others are failed promises on power supply and lack of potable water supply.

The group, while accusing the police of extra-judicial killings, claimed that the leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Yusuf Muhammed, was murdered by the law enforcement agents in order to prevent him from telling the world about the evil activities of some political leaders in the North.

"The case of Mohammed Yusuf's father-in-law, Alhaji Baa Fugu Mohammed, who went to see Yusuf in police custody on hearing of his arrest only to be killed by the police is another of such extra-judicial killing by the police," he also said.

The convener maintained that the country has a porous security system, especially with its weak borders, and that the police in Nigeria operate as an offshoot of the People's Democratic Party.

He cited the case of the arrest of the Ekiti State governor, Segun Oni's brother and four others with AK47 riffles few days to the state election and the declaration by the former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, that they were 'brave hunters."

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